|Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
||[May. 26th, 2012|09:57 am]
I loved this book. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.
Set in 1930's Depression-era New York, it was full of complex, likable characters, plot twists that I didn't see coming (there were niggling hints!), and settings, settings, settings. The writing is so enjoyable that I found myself going back and reading some of his passages twice. The similes, the metaphors, the descriptions of jazz music and smoky clubs... Despite what the cover and opening scene may tell you, it has as much to do with the serendipity of one's life path, choices, and integrity as it does with upper-class New York and meeting Prince Charming. (The main character is the daughter of Russian immigrants.) Towles has certainly captured all the nuances and contradictions of the characters within. I liked it so much that I'm on my second reading.
I'll let you judge the rest for yourself, should you decide to pick it up.
The weather sucks here this weekend and my climbing plans have been reshuffled twice. Didn't think Baby Y would like camping in a canyon with a 30 degree low and 50% chance of rain. Poor kid, getting a crazy mom like me.